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ONCE MORE INTO THE BREACH!!!!!
on 25 March 2014
To use a classic Star Trek adage, the opening chapter of this fine addition to the Enterprise universe is *ahem* fascinating. The book opens aboard a typically renegade Klingon pirate vessel, the Sud Qav. The reader witnesses a fascinating (there's that word again) vision of the dastardly Klingons selecting their next victim based on the cowardly rules and algorithms only they can truly and honestly justify.
Back on board the USS Pioneer - captained by none other than fan favourite Malcolm Reed - life is relatively plain sailing and the reader is completely immersed in the beautifully written and perfectly structured opening salvo, getting re-acquainted with long lost friends and - for some - lost loved ones.
A security alert blares suddenly throughout the ship destroying the peace and tranquility created so well by Mr Bennett and before the reader knows it, their heart rate is travelling at warp factor eight as the Federation starship Pioneer races across space and time to save those aboard the lonely and desperate Lorellian vessel. Will the Pioneer arrive in time to save the day? Will they catch the Klingons? Will the Pioneer itself become a victim of intergalactic terrorism the Klingons are so fond of perpetrating? Of course you need to read the book to find out.
I am ashamed to admit that this is the first Trek novel I have read of Christopher L Bennett, but i can safely say it won't be my last. Characterisation is excellent. Emotional attachment is a given considering the subject matter and there is no lack of excitement, action and suspense for the reader to enjoy as he or she progresses throughout the tale. This is probably NOT a good entry point for those new to the expanded universe (can I use that here?) of Star Trek Enterprise lore if you have not read any works since the TV show was terminated but for those that have kept up with the lives of the crew then this is an awesome read.
I am happy to award this awesome Star Trek book a very healthy four stars. No doubt i will update this review as I approach the story's end but I don't expect the rating and review to move away from excellent.
I have just hit the Halfway mark of the book and i can say the action contained in the prologue of the book is completely irrelevant to what has happened so far. There has been no further sign of the Klingons, merely a rumour of their possible involvement in a political conspiracy involving a potential new member of the Federation. Speaking of politics, this book is VERY political. I guess that is not surprising given the major overlapping series this book is set in (RISE OF THE FEDERATION) but i still like my books to be entertaining. An event happens just before the reader hits the halfway mark of the story which should get your pulse racing, but i am used to being taken in by a book well before i have read virtually half of it.
So will i finish this novel? You betcha! It is not the greatest Trek novel i have come across but Enterprise the TV show always did have a different focus from the norm and the book's writer is trying to reflect that in the story. If Babel was a more traditional star trek tale then i guess it would not be a ridgy-didge Enterprise one.
You can't have your cake, and eat it, too.